Choosing the type of breast implants for your breast augmentation procedure is by far the most important decision you will have to make. It is a decision that should be comprehensively discussed with your plastic surgeon, because the choice of implants can impact how satisfied you are with the results of your breast enhancement procedure. One of the decisions you will have to make in relation to implants is whether to go with smooth vs textured breast implants. There are differences, so let’s see what these are.
The distinction between smooth and textured breast implants has a lot to do with the feel and aesthetics of the implants, as they are both filled with either saline or silicone gel. While there have been studies done that indicate possible differences in the reaction of the implants with breast tissue, they are both acceptable in specific situations.
Smooth breast implants
Smooth breast implants are clear and glossy in appearance, and are soft to the touch, so they feel a lot more like real breast tissue than textured implants do.
Textured breast implants
Textured breast implants are opaque or cloudy in appearance, and have a rough surface. Theycan become hard to the touch, as the breast tissue around the implant can more easily grip the surface and harden around it, this is a condition known as capsular contracture.
Smooth vs textured implants
Smooth implants are less likely to be affected by capsular contracture, as the smooth surface prevents it from easily adhering to the fibrous capsule that the body often forms around the breast implant. Textured implants on the other hand, have a greater tendency to be affected by this condition, so textured implants are usually less mobile.
There are several factors to consider when deciding between smooth vs texture implants. These include implant placement, size, and type, as well as your body size, type, and preferences.